Thursday 29th of July 2021

what future?

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Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley will appeal a Federal Court order that she has a duty of care to protect young people from the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.

In a statement made following Thursday’s judgement of the Federal Court, Ley said that she had ‘formed the view there are grounds on which to appeal’ and that she ‘has now instructed the department to lodge a notice of appeal’.

The decision related to legal proceedings commenced by a group of high school students seeking to pre-empt the Environment Minister issuing approval to Whitehaven Coal to expand the Vickery Coal Mine.

The students successfully argued that the Environment Minister owed a duty of care to protect young people from the potential harms caused by carbon dioxide emissions when exercising her powers under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

In a judgement delivered on Thursday, Federal Court Justice Mordecai Bromberg declared that the Minister had a ‘duty to take reasonable care’ to ‘avoid causing personal injury or death’ to Australians under 18 years of age that arose ‘from emissions of carbon dioxide into the Earth’s atmosphere’.

 

The declaration made by the Federal Court was relatively broad, applying to any ‘reasonably foreseeable’ risk that arose due to the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, meaning it could apply to a broad range of predicted impacts of global warming — as well as extending to a wide range of industries involved in the extraction and use of fossil fuels.

As previously reported by RenewEconomy, Ley has rejected any assertion that climate change was not a relevant part of her portfolio responsibilities as the Federal Environment Minister.

Ley has led attempts to weaken the protections contained within the EPBC Act, claiming that environmental groups were using the laws to levy “green lawfare” on fossil fuel projects.

In an apparent rejection of the Federal Court’s latest finding, Ley announced on Friday that she would appeal the decision. The appeal is likely to be heard by a full bench of the Federal Court.

It could ultimately set up a High Court stoush over the responsibilities of the Environment Minister to consider the impacts of climate change when issuing environmental approvals to fossil fuel projects.

 

Read more:

https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/sussan-ley-to...

 

NOTE: Appeal judges should be very careful. They could also be held for being responsible for future damages should they allow the mine to go ahead...

 

 

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facing the changing climate...

 Opinion: The climate crisis can't be stopped, we must adapt

 

Most people should have realized by now that we're facing a climate crisis. Curbing greenhouse gas emissions is just one side of the problem. Adopting safety precautions is the other, says David Ehl:

 

The extent of destruction and death wrought by Germany's recent floods is slowly becoming apparent. Dozens of people have died, with many still reported missing. The disaster has devastated entire towns, washing away residential houses, cars and trees.

 

Natural disasters are nothing new. They occurred long before the advent of the industrial age, when humans began burning fossil fuels on a large scale.

Over time, however, atmospheric CO2 concentrations have doubled [Gusnote: David is not as clear as he should be*], raising Earth's temperature by 1 degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit). A greater frequency and intensity of natural disasters has been the consequence.

As vast swaths of western Germany are dealing with one of the worst floods in years, parts of North America are grappling with scorching hot temperatures that have left scores dead and sparked forest fires that have proven very difficult to contain. The Northern Hemisphere, in short, is facing a climate crisis.

Time to talk about protective measures

Fortunately, there is finally talk of mitigating climate change — that is, taking measures to counteract its gravest consequences. The European Commission has just unveiled its "Fit for 55" plan, a package of revisions and regulations targeted at drastically cutting greenhouse gas emissions. One key policy stipulates that by 2035 sales of vehicles with internal combustion engine cars will be banned.

But Armin Laschet, who leads Germany's center-right CDU and is vying to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel in September, has said lawmakers should not set specific phaseout dates. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, meanwhile, has lambasted the EU proposal, writing: "Unless the EU tear up their new #Fitfor55 package, the world will not stand a chance of staying below 1.5°C of global heating."

 

At 32, I'm closer to Thunberg than Laschet, age-wise. The floods and heat waves we are witnessing today are frightening. Are they merely a taste of what's to come once I reach Laschet's age? And what will coming generations be up against? What we need, therefore, are mitigating measures against climate change, alongside steps to adapt to a warming planet.

Adapting is key

Germany's Federal Statistical Office recorded an 11% increase in deaths during a weeklong heat wave this summer. It is almost unimaginable what would happen if temperatures were to rise to 46, 47 or even 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit), as they have done this summer in the Canadian town of Lytton. Lytton, incidentally, lies near 50 degrees north latitude, just like the German towns of Boppard and Coburg, in central Germany.

This means we should be taking safety precautions. Reconfiguring our cities could help, for instance by ensuring air can properly circulate in urban conglomerations. Preserving or cultivating green spaces can help lower temperatures. Concrete structures and asphalt surfaces, after all, lock in the heat.

 

Tried-and-tested tools

There are numerous tried-and-tested tools for dealing with heavy, incessant rainfall and flooding. These go beyond high-capacity sewage pipes and non-return valves. Indeed, dikes, weirs and retention basins further reduce the risk of catastrophic flooding.

Regional flood plains act as an additional safety precaution. Cities should consider designing and designating similar flood prevention zones. Rotterdam, for example, boasts a main square with three large basins that can capture rainwater. When the weather is pleasant, meanwhile, locals can hang out on the steps, or go skateboarding.

Miami Beach, meanwhile, is taking urgent action to avoid flooding as seawater levels rise and hurricanes intensify. Authorities there are working to elevate the city and install a network of underground pipelines, basins and powerful water pumps.

Countless safety measures like these have been dreamed up already. While they will not work as a panacea and shield us from all destruction wrought by extreme weather events, they can surely minimize the damage.

Above all, we need to cut CO2 emissions — and develop a greater awareness for how we can protect ourselves against the devastating impacts of climate change.

This article has been adapted from German

 

Read more:

https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-the-climate-crisis-cant-be-stopped-we-must-adapt/a-58294704

 

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At least 25 people have died in three Mumbai suburbs when several houses collapsed after landslides triggered by heavy rain.

Rescuers were seen using their hands to dig up the ground and retrieve bodies, local television showed, and authorities said more victims could be trapped inside the debris.

Rescuers were also shown carrying the injured through narrow lanes on makeshift stretchers.

 

Within the past 24 hours authorities have so far reported 11 incidents of houses or walls collapsing in the Mumbai area, officials said.

In one neighbourhood about half a dozen shacks located at the base of a hill collapsed on top of each other.

 

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/07/18/landslides-mumbai/?breaking_live_scroll=1

 

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Scorched, Parched and Now Uninsurable: Climate Change Hits Wine Country

If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley. But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet.

 

Read more:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/18/climate/Napa-wineries-climate.html

 

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US firefighters are scrambling to contain blazes fanned into fury by high, drought and climate change that continue to burn across the western United States.

A rapidly growing wildfire south of Lake Tahoe jumped a highway, prompting more evacuation orders and the cancellation of an extreme bike ride through the Sierra Nevada on Saturday as critically dangerous wildfire weather loomed in the coming days.

The Tamarack Fire, which was sparked by lightning on July 4, exploded overnight and was over 80 square kilometres)as of Saturday evening, according to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

 

Saturday’s ride was supposed to mark the 40th Death Ride, which attracts thousands of cyclists to the region each year to ride through three mountain passes in the so-called California Alps. It was cancelled last year during the coronavirus outbreak.

Afternoon winds blowing at 30-50km/h fanned the flames as they chewed through bone-dry timber and brush.

Meteorologists predicted critically dangerous fire weather through at least Monday in both California and southern Oregon, where the largest wildfire in the US continued to race through forests.

The Bootleg Fire grew significantly overnight on Saturday as dry and windy conditions took hold in the area, but containment of the inferno more than tripled as firefighters began to gain more control along its western flank.

The fire was still burning rapidly and dangerously along its southern and eastern flanks, however, and authorities expanded evacuations in a largely rural area of lakes and wildlife refuges.

The fire is now 1100 square kilometres in size.

Dry and getting worse

Extremely dry conditions and heat waves tied to climate change have swept the region, making wildfires harder to fight.

 

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/us-news/2021/07/18/wildfires-raging-across-us/

 

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So. What is global warming?

 

Good question. Exclusive by Gus Leonisky.

 

Global warming is quite simple really. 

 

Read on:

https://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/33287

 

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 * Note: the present rise of CO2 is more than double over that of the last Ice Age. 420 ppm now against 180 ppm of CO2 during the last ice age. The temperature difference was about 10 degrees Celsius till the start of the industrial revolution.

The level of present human induced CO2 above the pre-industrial times (280-300 ppm of CO2) is about 120 ppm (May 2021 : 419.13ppm) — or around 30 per cent (EXTRA). This is sufficient to raise earth average temperature by 4 to 5 degrees (and more as we also add methane and NOx gases). July 2020-July 2021 Year Change 2.06 ppm CO2 (0.50% extra) despite many industries shutting down due to covid-19 restrictions. The present level of CO2 has not been recorded in the atmosphere for a few hundred thousand years**. 

 

** These records are extracted from various geological strata and ice-cores samples. The data is rigourously analysed and verified to be able to make such statement.

 

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In short we need to stop our warming gas emissions to limit the damage but be prepared to be hit by more damage nonetheless. Imagine the insurance bill for all this ... see 2032... On this site we've have been warning about this subject for the last 15 years...

 

Read from top. Tell the minister she is an idiot...

 

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weasel words...

... Ms Ley has argued the initial in-danger process was politicised, it didn’t follow due process including a site visit, failed to take into account recent policies to improve water quality, and unfairly targeted Australia over its climate policy - which is an issue that must be addressed globally and also affects other World Heritage sites.

“If it is being proposed on the basis of the very real threat of global climate change, then there are any number of international World Heritage sites that should be subject to the same process,” Ms Ley said.

“I agree that global climate change is the single biggest threat to the world’s reefs but it is wrong, in our view, to single out the best-managed reef in the world for an ‘in danger’ listing.”

 

Read more:

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-set-to-delay-unesco-in-danger-ruling-for-great-barrier-reef-20210721-p58bkx.html 

 

All these "good" words from the minister, Sussan Ley, are completely negated by her wanting more coal mining expansion... "I agree that global climate change is the single biggest threat to the world’s reefs..." AND WHERE IS THE THREAT COMING FROM?: BURNING COAL AND OTHER FOSSIL FUELS... Idiot! Read from top.

 

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